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Pope Paul VI and The Prophetic Witness of Humanae Vitae Comments

Just a few years after Humanae Vitae the wedge of artificial birth control was driven so deeply between the marital act and human procreation that it spawned the unspeakable evil of legalized abortion in the U.S. under the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The logical extension of the contraceptive mentality is the abortion mentality. One has to wonder, what is next? Continue Reading

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  1. JoAnn
    2 years ago

    Tom McGuire: Jesus said "The poor will ALWAYS be with you. What the Popes Really Say about Socialism.
    PIUS IX - "You are aware indeed, that the goal of this most iniquitous plot is to drive people to overthrow the entire order of human affairs and to draw them over to the wicked theories of this Socialism and Communism, by confusing them with perverted teachings." Nostis et Nobiscum, Dec. 8, 1849
    LEO XIII - "They (socialists, communists, or nihilists) debase the natural union of man and woman, which is held sacred even among barbarous peoples; and its bond, by which the family is chiefly held together, they weaken, or even deliver up to lust." Quod Apostolici Muneris, Dec. 28, 1878.
    BENEDICT XV - "Never forget the condemnation of Socialism." It is not our intention here to repeat the arguments which clearly expose the errors of Socialism and of similar doctrines. Our predecessor, Leo XIII, most wisely did so in truly memorable encyclicals; and you, Venerable Brethren, will take the greatest care that those grave precepts are never forgotten, but that whenever circumstances call for it, they should be clearly expounded and inculcated in Catholic associations and congresses, in sermons and in the Catholic press." Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum, Nov. 1, 1914
    PIUS XI - "Socialism Cannot Be Reconciled with Catholic Doctrine. We make this pronouncement: Whether considered as a doctrine, or an historical fact, or a movement, Socialism, if it remains truly Socialism, even after it has yielded to truth and justice on the points which we have mentioned, cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church because its concept of society itself is utterly foreign to Christian truth." Quadragesimo Anno, May 15, 1931
    PIUS XII - "The Church will fight Socialism to the end. The Church undertook the protection of the individual and the family against a current threatening to bring about a total socialization which in the end would make the specter of the "Leviathan" become a shocking reality. The Church will fight this battle to the end, for it is a question of supreme values: the dignity of man and the salvation of souls." Discorsi e Radiomessaggi, Sept. 14, 1952.
    PIUS XII - "The All-Powerful State Harms True Prosperity. To consider the State as something ultimate to which everything else should be subordinated and directed, cannot fail to harm the true and lasting prosperity of nations." Summi Pontificatus, Oct. 20, 1939
    John XXIII - "No Catholic could subscribe even to moderate socialism. Pope Pius XI further emphasized the fundamental opposition between Communism and Christianity, and made it clear that no Catholic could subscribe even to moderate Socialism. The reason is that Socialism is founded on a doctrine of human society which is bounded by time and takes no account of any objective other than that of material well-being. Since, therefore, it proposes a form of social organization which aims solely at production; it places too severe a restraint on human liberty, at the same time flouting the true notion of social authority." Mater et Magistra, May 15, 1961.
    PAUL VI - "Christians tend to idealize Socialism. Too often Christians attracted by socialism tend to idealize it in terms which, apart from anything else, are very general: a will for justice, solidarity and equality. They refuse to recognize the limitations of the historical socialist movements, which remain conditioned by the ideologies from which they originated." Octogesima Adveniens, May 14, 1971.
    JOHN PAUL II - Socialism: Danger of a "simple and radical solution. It may seem surprising that "socialism" appeared at the beginning of the Pope's critique of solutions to the "question of the working class" at a time when "socialism" was not yet in the form of a strong and powerful State, with all the resources which that, implies, as was later to happen. However, he correctly judged the danger posed to the masses by the attractive presentation of this simple and radical solution to the "question of the working class." Centesimus Annus, May 1,1991.
    BENEDICT XVI - "We do not need a State which Controls everything. Any government that wants to be all things to all people, is not devine but demonic.

    I think the above makes it quite clear where the Church stands regarding socialistic/communistic policies. You have a choice. For your country, but most importantly, for your soul, please do the right thing and give Obama his walking papers this November. As we all can see, the Church has been fighting this disease a long time. We just can't lose this fight now. Let's make Jesus' words ring true. "On this rock I will build my Church and THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT." God bless.

  2. Tom McGuire
    2 years ago

    Pope Paul VI gave us Populorum Progressio, March 26, 1967. As one who grew up in the 60's, this was a document that had a profound influence on my life. The 60's were not just about sexual freedom. It was also a time of reflection and action about the poor and how to implement what Pope Paul VI taught:

    Pope Paul VI wrote: 23. "He who has the goods of this world and sees his brother in need and closes his heart to him, how does the love of God abide in him?" (21) Everyone knows that the Fathers of the Church laid down the duty of the rich toward the poor in no uncertain terms. As St. Ambrose put it: "You are not making a gift of what is yours to the poor man, but you are giving him back what is his. You have been appropriating things that are meant to be for the common use of everyone. The earth belongs to everyone, not to the rich." (22) These words indicate that the right to private property is not absolute and unconditional.

    No one may appropriate surplus goods solely for his own private use when others lack the bare necessities of life. In short, "as the Fathers of the Church and other eminent theologians tell us, the right of private property may never be exercised to the detriment of the common good." When "private gain and basic community needs conflict with one another," it is for the public authorities "to seek a solution to these questions, with the active involvement of individual citizens and social groups." (23)

    Hard teaching indeed! To emphasize the teaching of Humanae Vitae and not refer to Populorum Progressio is to fail those Jesus loved--the poor.

  3. MikeF.
    2 years ago

    I can't imagine how the Cathoilic Church in the U.S. could sustain a viable and honest assault against the HHS mandate if PPVI had not the vision of HV. How could we seprate artificial contraception from abortion from sterilization and yet maintain a unified fabric of moral truthfulness and teaching? It is up to us, the "pewgoers" to assure proper catechisis at all age levels to spread this document's teaching and how it relates to our very lives as Catholic christians.

  4. Avila Power
    2 years ago

    Natural family planning using the CD indicator, (conception date) was used by my late husband and I during our married life. A great device which showed us exactly which day we should advoid becoming intimate. It help us to practice discipline, and not use each other as objects. We were married for 45 years and had 4 lovely children. I havent seen a CD indicator around for years, wonder what happened to them. I am sure with all the latest technology a more efficent device could be marketed, that would suit all young married couples. I also feel a more detailed explanation of Humane Vitae and Theology of the Body should be given to young couples intending to get married. A greater understanding of this sensitive subject would help to dispel all fears of natural family planning for young people, and there would be far less divorce amongst catholics.
    God bless Catholic on line for always speaking the TRUTH.

  5. Rob
    2 years ago

    The mass readings as of late have spoken of prophets. And what seems to be pretty standard amongst them is that they they are typically hitting the community where it hurt. I think Pope Paul was a prophet of his time and the reason I know this is because when these issues are discussed people come unglued. Diane, I get where you are coming from, but I'm going to take a different tact. Many see the government's actions as of late as a blatant attack on the church. That is the obvious effect. However, I think a culture has grown that just doesn't see it that way. For so many contraceptive use and abortion are so normal they are unable to see the moral implications anymore. And guys, I have to be honest, but our church has done a really poor job in teaching in this area. We can't be suprised at what is happening in the culture when we can't even manage our own in this area.

    Diane, to more accurately depict the economy, I think you would have to say that the economy was deliberatly destroyed making way for someone like Obama. The economy was in the crapper before he took office. But I really think this is less to do with a socialist conspiracy rather than the normalizing of evil. Folks can't see the difference anymore.

  6. JoAnn
    2 years ago

    DLL: Thank you for your post. I remember PPVI also. Very prophetic in my book. I have watched everything he wrote about come to fruition. I also remember Catholics? being very critical. If you don't listen to "Peter" speaking for Christ and know that it is truth, who can you listen to? God bless.

  7. DLL
    2 years ago

    I think Jim's post is insightful and his points are valid. Pope Paul saw it all coming. As a result I remember him as the sad Pope. Pope Paul was spot on,as they say about birth control. Humanae Vitae is the word of God spoken to this day and age as far as I am concerned. The Church laity at the time it was written did not like this catechesis. To this day it is controversial. This is the encyclical when Catholics were saying that we don't need the Pope in our bedrooms. I wasn't a Catholic then but I remember the bickering then. I am a Catholic convert now and the Church has been divided on the issue of birth control and abortion as evidenced by the type and age of the Catholic politicians that are in Washington now. Pope Paul should be a Saint because of his insightful encylical but because of the division on the matter he probably never will be. In my life time the Popes that have represented the Catholic Church have been truly great ones. The laity must be confirmed if their faith not their sins as God speaks through His Church,in Holy Orders,through every age not just at the time of the original Apostles. A well written encyclical is a Holy Order to Catholics from God.

  8. Jim
    2 years ago

    "...Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection..."

    Herein lies the pit fall of Catholic preaching on the issue. It is always about the man objectifying the woman. You can't call out only half of the human race. Women objectify themselves and use their bodies to manipulate men. How about the respect and honor due a man? We need to give women AND men something to think about. This "put the woman on a pedestal and worship her" is what has emboldened organizations like LCWR to go their own way because society gives women a higher value. When the Church realizes women lust too and subject to the same sins as men then we can start to make progress. It is time to demand the same sexual fidelity of women as we do men.

  9. Brad & Monique
    2 years ago

    I was a lapsed Catholic and my wife Lutheran at the time of our marriage. We began regularly attending Lutherian services and were married in the Lutheran church. By chance, or moved by the spirit, we read Humanae Vitae. We found Humanae Vitae shockingly prophetic. We began studing JPII's Theology of the Body using materials authored by Christopher West. Later we studied using "The Splendor of Love" by Walter J. Schu, LC.

    Humanae Vitae and JPII's Theology of the Body changed our lives. We entered a whole new level of marital closeness. I experienced a reversion and my wife converted to the Catholic Church.

    Instead of regular arguments, we have not argued for over 5 years. We occasionally disagree, but alway resolve the differences with love and respect. Instead of halting our family size at 2 children, we have been blessed and are expecting our 5th baby in August. We joyfully homeschool our children. Our life, marriage and family has been so overwhelmingly transformed by these teachings!

    God bless you Pope Paul VI and John Paul II! We are so endebted to you and the Roman Catholic Church. Your teachings are guiding our family and the Church faithful to heaven.

  10. Diane
    2 years ago

    Why the question"What is next?" It's obvious what is next. With legalized abortion death as the solution is the constant solution. With the election of the socialist Obama the economy has been deliberately destroyed so that socialism becomes the permanent gov't and the delivery system for more death as the solution. As the nations become filled with the aged and few young workers to support them, then legalized euthanasia is the next death as the solution action. The Catholic Church must be crippled or destroyed in each nation so she cannot oppose the death agenda of socialism. We are living in that scenario now. When we fight for our families and the Churchs freedom we are really fighting for the world. Too bad not enough Catholics understand this. I pray that changes. Didn't the crimes of socialism become apparent in Russis, Germany and China? Pope PaulVI tried to warn us. Look at Canada, where a group of Catholic Bishops publicly dissented from PaulVI 's teaching. There really is no religious freedom there. The same thing is in Britain where they are putting the elderly to death. Also the Netherlands.

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